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Political intolerance at the New School

I was dismayed a href=”http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/protest-at-the-new-school-turns-unruly/?scp=2sq=protestst=cse”to read about a protest /aat my Alma mater, The New School for Social Research. It seems that Bob Kerrey, the president, is not sufficiently lefty enough a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/11/nyregion/11kerrey.html”for the school:/abr /br /blockquoteMr. Kerrey has clashed with some professors since the day of his appointment as the New School’s president, with complaints that he lacks a Ph.D. and that his politics —particularly his early support for the Iraq war — were too moderate for the unabashedly liberal campus./blockquotebr /br /It seems that the intolerant students have joined their professors in protest– but rather than settle things peacefully, they chase, taunt and a href=”http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/protest-at-the-new-school-turns-unruly/?scp=2sq=protestst=cse”throw things at a crippled man:/abr /blockquoteA little after 11:30 p.m., Mr. Kerrey emerged from a university building on Fifth Avenue south of 14th Street to a sea of a few hundred protesters chanting for his resignation. As Mr. Kerrey walked down Fifth Avenue toward 12th Street, about 30 protesters began following him, some of them shouting insults. br /br /As the crowd’s pace quickened, so did Mr. Kerrey’s. Then, Mr. Kerrey, who lost a part of his leg in Vietnam and wears a prosthesis, broke into a run. The protesters gave chase. Mr. Kerrey turned left on a cross street and ducked into a brownstone.br /br /At some point in the confrontation, a protester threw a tomato at Mr. Kerrey./blockquotebr /br /I must say that I was not impressed with the political tolerance at the time I went to graduate school there and now, I am less so. I hope these cowardly students rot in hell. br /br /Here is video of the students insulting Kerrey–honestly, they look and sound more laughable and silly then anything else:br /br /object width=”425″ height=”344″param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/8oeDBPQpdcAhl=enfs=1″/paramparam name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”/paramparam name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”/paramembed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/8oeDBPQpdcAhl=enfs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″/embed/object